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Above: (left to right) Seaman, Cardoza, Walitsch.  The VC defense against Mitty.


Defense Holds For 60 Minutes, Then Falls To Mitty 1/17

After just one day of practice since the game with CCS #15 Serra (tied 2-2), the Warriors hosted the CCS #3 team, Archbishop Mitty for another tough WCAL game. 


The weather was perfect for the match, but VC's lineup had some unavailable players.


Star goalkeeper Austin Mansker was not available for selection due to a concussion that he sustained in the game with Serra.  The coaching staff is hoping that Austin can return for Saturday's game against Sacred Heart Cathedral, but it will depend on what the Dr's say.


"There is just no way we're going to risk serious injury with any player, even one we need as badly as we need Austin," Coach Basanese said.


The Warriors were also without starting center midfielder Kevin Tarangioli, who has been out for two days with a fever. 


"We really felt the effects of Kevin being out today.  He's quietly become one of the top players on this team, and the guys have a lot of confidence in him.  I hope he's drinking his orange juice and airborne!" Coach Donny Fugate said.


The Warriors were also without senior defender Robert Norman who was at DePaul for entrance interviews.


Despite the shuffled lineup, and missing players, the Warriors came out inspired, sporting a 3 game unbeaten streak.  The team has been playing confidently and it continued today.


The first half was fairly evenly played with both teams having their share of chances. Just before the end of the first half was called, Mitty's star player Kevin Atkins rocketed a shot that was headed for the back of the net...that is if it didn't fly straight into the stomach of VC's 'keeper, Danny Hittler.   The save may have been fortunate, but Danny paid for it.


"In the locker room, he lifted up his jersey, and there was a red soccer ball imprint on his stomach." Basanese said.  "That kid gave us everything he had today.  I am really proud of Danny, and thankful that he's willing to do what's necessary for the team, including taking a shot in the stomach from one of the CCS' top players."


The game would go to halftime with the score tied at zero.


The second half saw Mitty apply pressure a little more, getting more chances than VC.  The Warrior defense played well all day, limiting Atkins as best they could.


In the 60th minute, Mitty would finally break through.  Mitty's outside right midfielder brought the ball up the right side before firing a cross that found the a Mitty player's head.  Hittler was well positioned, but the header found it's way just under the bar. 1-0 Mitty.


See the video of the goal here.


About 7 minutes later, Mitty would strike again.


A nice move by a Mitty midfielder found their outside left midfielder wide open.  The ball was played to him, and a left footed shot found it's way into the net. 2-0 Mitty.


See the video of the goal here.


"That second goal was a heartbreaker.  I thought Joe got fooled a little bit on the fake, and his man was wide open.  The shot went through Danny's legs, which was a little unlucky." Basanese said.


The game would end 2-0 in favor of Mitty, but considering everything, the coaching staff was pleased with the performance.


"Don't get me wrong, you'll never hear me say I'm ok with a loss.  That said, I thought our defense was awesome today.  Blake (Cardoza) was all over Mitty's forwards, and Tyler and John played great as well.  We'll get back at it this weekend in San Francisco."  Basanese concluded.


The Warriors will travel to USF to play Sacred Heart Cathedral on Saturday at 11am. 


Photos from today's match were taken by John Basanese Sr. and they can be found by clicking here.


VCSoccer.com Man of the Match: Danny Hittler (GK)

Archbishop Mitty 0 2 2
Valley Christian 0 0 0

VC Starting Lineup: Hittler, Walitsch, Seaman, Cardoza, Cordeiro, Reyes, Joseph, Rosa-Diniz, Gizzi, Alex de Leon, Fahmy

Game time:  3:15pm
Weather: Sunny 48 degrees